It's October and that means it's Halloween. The apartment is decorated, the movies are out and ready. It's Halloween time!
I love this season, but I have a confession to make. And for those of you who know me, it should not come as a surprise.
I'm a chicken.
You will not get me to go through a haunted house. I will not watch most scary movies, so there are definite gaps in my movie appreciation. There are even specific topics in scary movies that are just non-starters in any form. I've always had an overactive imagination and images like that stick with me for far too long.
But I become fascinated around this time. I read Wikipedia entries on monster lore and various horror topics. I select a couple of classic books to read for the season (last year Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Halloween Tree, this year The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other tales by Washington Irving, and likely Dracula). I watch movies that Jamie wants to see (because she loves scary movies). And I work through some of my favorites.
I love classic, gothic horror and love the versions in the early Universal and Hammer films. I love suspense and the Alfred Hitchcock filmography. I like when horror touches sci-fi or vice versa. And I love the macabre, the dark. A particularly fun part for me as well is the mixture of horror and comedy, from the Haunted Mansion ride, to the Munsters and the Addams Family, from great movies in that genre, to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And especially Treehouse of Horror.
So, for the coming month, there will be several posts with the Halloween label, touching on various components of the season or of horror that are favorites.